2018 October School Gleaning Month
(1) connecting local farms to the communities they work in and bring visibility to farming practices
(2) engaging schools in conversations about introducing gleaned produce for school food security
(3) bringing cooking demos and taste testing with gleaned food into the classroom
October 1st ~ University of Maine Cooperative Extension Penobscot County
A community Potato Gleaning at Rogers Farm 914 Bennoch Road in Old Town was able to share our potato bounty with the food pantries and meal sites in the area, as well as other community members.
October 2nd ~ Merrymeeting Gleaners / Middle Schoolers
A group of 20 6th graders from Harspwell Coastal Academy tool a tour of Scatter Good Farm, a food bank farm in Brunswick, and gleaned produce for Midcoast Hunger Prevention Program (MCHPP)
October 2nd ~ Whole Crops / College Students
University of Southern Maine students supported the harvest of sweet potatoes at Crystal Spring Farm, helping the crew finish a long week of harvest and getting 2x400ft rows completed in 2.5 hrs.
October 3rd ~ Healthy Acadia's Downeast Gleaning Initiative (Washington County)
University of Maine Machias final harvest of the community gardens reached a of 200# of tomatoes, squash and carrots all going to Machias and Jonesport Food Pantries.
October 5th ~ Merrymeeting Gleaners / High School Students
Gleaning Sweet Potatoes at Crystal Spring Farm included collecting from the top of the beds, the crops that were not marketable, were too small or crooked, but are still to eat.
October 10th ~ Cumberland County Gleaning Initiative & UMCE
Gleaning broccoli, beans and tomatoes at Jordan's Farm.
October 11th ~ WholeCrops Harvest at Two Farmers Farm
Paid USM interns will be harvesting alongside the work crews to support the farm in getting all the crops they've planted out of the field and onto a Maine family's table. .
October 12th ~ Cumberland County Gleaning Initiative & Whole Crops
Gleaning concord grapes with concurrent harvesting with USM students Harvest Crew.
October 15th & 16th ~ Speaking at Bates College and USM
Presentation about on-farm food loss sponsored by Food Recovery Coalition, hosted by WholeCrops
Featuring: Lisa Johnson, from North Carolina State University - Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
October 16th WORLD FOOD DAY - Chellie Pingree at Oxbow 6-8pm